Poll: Half of Americans Prefer TV News; Older Adults Pay Closest Attention

Television is still the preferred news source for half of Americans, though it may not retain its dominance for long. While about 60 percent of older adults prefer TV news, just 34 percent of 18 to 35-year-olds say it’s their top choice, with 55 percent of this younger cohort preferring Internet news sources. And that’s far from the only generational difference in news preferences and interest. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, the age groups differ not only in their preferred news sources but in the ways they consume and pay attention to news, as well.

Stepping into My Own Prime Time

For years I was a sitcom writer; my shows were always in prime time. I have been writing voices for Designing Women, Family Ties, Kate and Allie.  Yup, that’s me – except not really. They have been what Julia Sugarbaker would assert on her soapbox, what Alex Keaton would wisecrack to his way-too-liberal parents, what Kate would say supportively to Allie. I would give them lines, but they were never my voice. That’s the trick to writing for others on TV: you write …

Lessons from the Bullying Video That Went Viral

The following is a guest post from Bill Hogan, a writer and editor on the AARP Media News team. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How many of us had to say that in “repeat-after-me” drills when we were growing up? I don’t know about you, but I never really believed it. Words can hurt. Millions of us could see that in the video-gone-viral of Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old school bus monitor …

Remembering: Mike Wallace, 93

Mike Wallace was an institution in the news industry. He interviewed presidents, singers, mobsters and civil rights heroes. He needled them with a sophisticated coolness that only Wallace could. He infuriated some, charmed others and educated us all when we watched his interviews. CBS News’ eulogy for Wallace points out that “when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn’t even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV.” For 65 years of being in front of the camera, …

AARP Has Not Changed Its Position on Social Security

Hey everyone – I’m sure many of you have seen the Wall Street Journal article from this morning (“Key Seniors Association Pivots on Benefit Cut”). This is a misleading characterization.  Read AARP’s CEO A. Barry Rand’s response below: “Let me be clear – AARP is as committed as we’ve ever been to fighting to protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthening it for future generations.  Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed …

America Wants the News

Here’s an article worth reading today from USAToday.com on a recent Pew study about how much time consumers are spending on news these days. (The fact that I got this story perusing USA Today’s website just furthers the point of the study!) The article and study say that consumers are consistently increasing their use of technology to get their news, and consequently are spending more time learning about what’s going on in the world. According to the survey, Americans are …